noble birth or condition
the noble class
early 13c., “noble birth or condition,” from Old French noblece “noble birth, splendor, magnificence” (Modern French noblesse), from Vulgar Latin *nobilitia, from Latin nobilis (see noble (adj.)). French phrase noblesse oblige “privilege entails responsibility” is attested in English first in 1837.
[noh-bles oh-bleezh; French naw-bles aw-bleezh] /noʊˈblɛs oʊˈbliʒ; French nɔˈblɛs ɔˈbliʒ/ noun 1. the moral obligation of those of high birth, powerful social position, etc., to act with honor, kindliness, generosity, etc. /nəʊˈblɛs əʊˈbliːʒ; French nɔblɛs ɔbliʒ/ noun 1. (often ironic) the supposed obligation of nobility to be honourable and generous noblesse oblige [(noh-bles oh-bleezh)] The […]
[noh-buh l] /ˈnoʊ bəl/ adjective, nobler, noblest. 1. distinguished by rank or title. 2. pertaining to persons so distinguished. 3. of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state; of or pertaining to the aristocracy. Synonyms: highborn, aristocratic; patrician, blue-blooded. Antonyms: baseborn, lowborn; common, […]
[noh-buh lz-vil] /ˈnoʊ bəlzˌvɪl/ noun 1. a town in central Indiana.
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